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Seeing Red
(A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch

This book kept me on my toes with the various mysteries/storylines that were going on in the book.
~Storeybook Reviews

Filled with high jinx and hilarity, this series is an entertaining escape into a fictional Virginia suburb.
~Book Club Librarian

OMG, hold on to your funny bones! Dana Dratch has penned another fantastic mystery filled with humor that you will be unable to put down.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book


About the Book

Seeing Red (A Red Herring Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716582
ISBN-13: 978-1496716583
Digital ASIN: B07H1VFL64

If it wasn’t for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek’s life would be bliss.

Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn.

But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapés. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.

Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.

When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.

With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.

Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve always loved stringing words together. (Ask anyone who knows me.) And I come from a family of readers. When it comes to mysteries, My mom introduced me to Agatha Christie. My dad bought me my first Sherlock Holmes. I was hooked.


What genres do you write in?

The Red Herring mysteries cross a couple of genres: mystery, cozy and a bit of chicklit. Readers seem to appreciate the humor, too – which really makes me happy.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?

My main character, Alex Vlodnachek. I had an idea for a story – a murder mystery — and when I sat down at my keyboard, her voice came pouring out. Funny, irreverent and very down to earth. The book didn’t even have a title yet, but it became Confessions of A Red Herring.


How did you break into the field?

First, I wrote the book. Once it was finished, I shopped for an agent to represent it. And I lucked out! When it came to securing a publishing contract, Erin Niumata at Folio Literary did all the heavy lifting. Kensington Books liked the story

and offered me a contract. Now Alex is back in her second adventure.  She’s dealing with disappearing bodies, a missing person – and a surprise visit from her mother.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Escape! I want them to laugh and have fun.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I like telling stories. And when someone else enjoys them, that’s a real kick.


What do you find most challenging about writing?



What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

That idea you have for a book? Write it. Bookstores and libraries have plenty of strong shelves – there’s room for your book.


What type of books do you enjoy reading?

Everything. Mysteries, adventure, history, cozies, thrillers, chicklit, biographies, classics. I’m dangerous in a bookstore. And when there’s coffee, they have to toss me out.


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I once auditioned for a ballet company. (Notice I didn’t say “I used to be in a ballet company.”)


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

There’s my website: ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com (I have a blog there, “Red Herring Confessions”). I’m on Twitter: @ReadAboutMoney (I’m also a personal finance writer). And I have an author page and blog on Goodreads.  Thanks for hosting me and chatting about Seeing Red!


About the Author

Dana Dratch is a personal finance writer and the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING and SEEING RED. She’s currently working on the third Alex Vlodnachek mystery adventure, RED HOT. Get updates at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.

Purchase Links

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May 27 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST

May 28 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW

May 28 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 29 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST  

May 29 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 30 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

May 30 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 31 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST – unable to post

May 31 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 1 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

June 1 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

June 2 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 2 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 3 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

June 4 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

June 4 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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